Treatise on Good Works

by Martin Luther


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A Treatise on Good Works is considered Luther’s clearest exposition on Christian life and the relationship between faith and good works. Contrary to the teachings of the Roman church of his day, Luther taught that people need not perform extraordinary acts of religious devotion to be saved, but rather that Christ saves them by grace through faith. Neither the church nor any other human institution can define what it means for each individual to obey and serve God, and only through the grace of God can people live and act faithfully in their everyday affairs. These doctrines, foundational for Protestantism, have shaped both Christendom and culture at large. This essay is doubtlessly one of the most important texts of the last 500 years.

Kathleen O’Bannon
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Martin Luther
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia
Born: November 10, 1483, Eisleben, Germany
Died: February 18, 1546, Eisleben, Germany
Related topics: Biography, Catholic Church, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Early works, Germany
Basic information: (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German monk, priest, professor of theology and iconic figure of the Protestant Reformation. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with money. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517.
Popular works: Table Talk, Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians, Assorted Sermons By Martin Luther, De Servo Arbitrio “On the Enslaved Will” or The Bondage of Will, Luther's Little Instruction Book: The Small Catechism of Martin Luther

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